Individualism and safe

Posted: 02/02/2018 by zandtao in Democracy, ONE planet, Struggle
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I just started listening to podcasts in the car – nothing unusual; – end of all the 60s music plus Taste of Honey? Boogie-oogie?

Started with Russell Brand’s Under the Skin – he gets good people. Adam Curtis was introduced as Esther Rantzen’s “sausages” and politically sussed.

I liked some of Adam’s observations, worth noting, but there was a fundamental flaw. To begin with I thought it was because it had no framework – no 1% nor Buddhism. But I didn’t like that because that requires belief in the framework. This morning it was clear, there was no conviction, no insight, just sound observational analysis. Then it was confirmed – “Hypernormalisation” was a BBC documentary, not threatening the establishment.

He began with a critique of government, that it cannot govern that it is corrupt – selling arms to Saudi to kill the Yemeni. Russell reacted to this as yek, and he said that it was normal to accept that these things would happen; this is his “hypernormalisation” (included his movie for completeness, not watched). It is this view of government that is the fundamental flaw of his discussion. The government is failing the people. Why? Is it failing? It was never a government for the people. Look at history. Government was monarchy, then for landowners then for finance (Cromwell supposedly fighting a revolution for the people but anti-monarchy simply meant pro-finance). And government has increasingly been for the finance sector ever since. Is government failing the finance sector? Not at all. Their profits and power are ever increasing. Government is a success. The power and corruption, the arms sales to Saudi, all benefit the finance sector; it is a successful government.

Then the other BBC “like” is that there is no alternative. He promotes the failure on the left, and says there is no alternative. This completely suits the establishment who are afraid of people knowing and acting on the truth. They are afraid of the recognition that the power is the 1%, the government are their puppets, and that real change can come if the power is taken away from 1% and their puppets. Real change can come if government is controlled and run by the people and profits are returned to the community and not accumulated in the coffers of the 1%. This is real change, this could be real change, and is constantly being fought by the BBC and pundits they promote.

Given this very significant and overarching fundamental flaw Adam’s observations are interesting. The left has failed. Well it has failed but that does not mean government by the people as and when necessary, or anarcho-syndicalism, has failed. It just means that under the current power structure it has failed. When Adam describes “normal acceptance” of events such as Saudi arms trade and the ensuing complicity with the event and complicity with the establishment in general, his critique is not of anarcho-syndicalism as a failed system but his critique is of the apathy of the people.

According to Adam, the term hypernormalisation arose in the Soviet Union in the 80’s when the system was collapsing and people were watching the scenery fall all around. One of Gorbachev’s criticism of communism in Glasnost and Perestroika was the endemic apathy that had developed with the removal of power and responsibility from ordinary people. Adam said that what happened in Russia was not applicable to the UK but endemic apathy is a perfect description as Adam attested to. It is normal to be apathetic, Chomsky describes apathy as an integral platform of neoliberalism. Neoliberalism is the 1%-system that creates the hypernormalisation, is descriptive of how I described government above, and can be changed through anarcho-syndicalism or similar (see Under the Skin – Carne Ross) and my blog about it.

Much of his talk focuses on individualism, and how it just happened. Our individualism is a product of a fiercely competitive education system within a fiercely competitive society. Rather than playing down individualism as being the ego-monster it is, it is lauded in our society with the cult of personality etc. This individualism is again a pre-requisite of a 1%-system, fierce individuals refuse to accept ego-submergence in favour of the majority – fierce individuals have no genuine democratic acceptance or concurrence; this could be seen on the Left with the Trots repeatedly promoting their own agenda despite numerous votes to the contrary – no attempt at working for the majority.

Adam mentioned failed movements Occupy, Arab Spring in Tahrir Square, and the march against the Iraq War. In the case of two they were violently suppressed and the third “Not in my Name” was liberal-based embarrassment rather than a genuine attempt to change policy as there was no attempt at follow-up (as described by Adam). These are descriptions of how neoliberalism controls, and not an indicator of there being no alternative.

Listen to Adam’s interview. Don’t be persuaded by the intellectualism that makes him acceptable to the BBC. Note the above, and then listen to valid observations within the flaw.

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